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# ROWING: Sanita Puspure finished sixth in the World Cup Regatta in Munich today. Puspure had a disappointing start, while Denmark’s Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark, in the lane beside her, shot away from the field. Puspure recovered, but by the closing stages, when Ekaterina Karsten took over the lead to win, Puspure had faded back to sixth. Emma Twigg of New Zealand took silver and Donata Vistartaite of Lithuania was third, with Erichsen having to settle for fourth.

World Cup, Munich (Irish interest)

Men

Lightweight Four: 1 Britain (P Chambers, R Williams, R Chambers, C Bartley) 6:16.34, 2 Australia 6:18.81, 3 Denmark 6:19.49.

Single Scull – A Final: 1 Germany (M Hacker) 7:07.31, 2 Sweden (L Karonen) 7:09.27, 3 Britain (A Campbell) 7:12.74.

Women

Single Scull – A Final: 1 Belarus (E Karsten) 7:52.74, 2 New Zealand (E Twigg) 7:56.22, 3 Lithuania (D Vistartaite) 7:58.60; 4 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 8:02.80, 5 Azerbaijan (N Mustafayeva) 8:09.03, 6 Ireland (S Puspure) 8:15.05.

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# ROWING: Sanita Puspure moved into the A Final of the World Cup in Munich today with a steady performance which saw her finish third in the semi-final behind Nataliya Mustafayeva of Azerbaijan and Emma Twigg of New Zealand. Puspure established her hold on third by the middle stages of the race and let the top two fight it out while she saw off a challenge by Talia Gjoertz of New Zealand with an effective push.

Puspure also made the A Final in the other World Cup in which she competed, in Belgrade last month. She finished fifth.

Claire Lambe finished 15th overall in the lightweight single scull. She finished third in the C Final: leading into the closing stages, she was passed by both Anna Ioannou of Cyprus and, coming up to the line, Lila Perez Rul of Mexico.

Ireland's Adpative mixed coxed four won their B Final to finish seventh overall.

World Cup Regatta, Munich (Irish interest)

Women

Single Scull – Semi-Finals (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final) – Semi-Final One: 1 Belarus (E Karsten) 7:59.28, 2 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 8:01.68, 3 Lithuania (D Vistartaite) 8:03.58. Semi-Final Two: 1 Azerbaijan (N Mustafayeva) 8:08.36, 2 New Zealand (E Twigg) 8:12.60, 3 Ireland (S Puspure) 8:15.32; 4 Norway 8:17.43, 5 Italy 8:24.12, 6 8:26.14.

Lightweight Single – C Final (places 13 to 18): 1 Cyprus (A Ioannou) 8:05.74, 2 Mexico (L Perez Rul) 8:10.38, 3 Ireland (C Lambe) 8:14.94, 4 Hong Kong 8:17.74, 5 Croatia 8:23.63. Finland did not start.

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Adpative - Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed Four (1,000m) – B Final (Places 7, 8): 1 Ireland (AM McDaid, S Caffrey, S Ryan, K du Toit; cox: H Arbuthnot) 3:44.18, 2 Belarus 3:51.75

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# ROWING: Athlone Regatta, which was scheduled for Coosan Point tomorrow (Saturday) has been cancelled. The organisers made the decision today because the wind and the flood levels were too variable.

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# ROWING: Sanita Puspure held off Germany’s Peggy Waleska to take second place in her heat and secure automatic qualification for tomorrow’s semi-final of the single scull at the World Cup regatta in Munich. The race was won well by Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark.

Waleska is chasing selection by Germany as their representative in London 2012, but she could not catch Puspure, who was competing for the first time since she secured her spot at the Olympic Games.

Claire Lambe finished third in her heat of the lightweight single scull and third again in her repechage, where she was outsprinted for the crucial second place. The Ireland Adaptive Four missed out on an A Final place when they finished a close-up fifth in their repechage.

World Cup, Munich (Irish interest)

Women

Single Scull (First Two Directly to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to Repechages) – Heat One: 1 Belarus (E Karsten) 7:46.62, 2 Norway (T Gjoertz) 7:53.27. Heat Two: 1 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 7:46.50, 2 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:51.85; 3 Germany 7:54.79, 4 Lithuania Two 8:14.10, 6 Korea 8:18.66. heat three: 1 Azerbaijan (N Mustafayeva) 7:50.53, 2 Lithuania (D Vistartaite) 7:54.00. Heat Four: 1 New Zealand (E Twigg) 7:45.76, 2 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:49.23.

Lightweight Single Scull, Heat Three (First Directly to A/B Semi-Final, rest to Repechage): 1 Germany (L Pless) 8:04.51; 2 Sweden 8:05.33, 3 Ireland (C Lambe) 8:17.16, 4 Finland 8:20.69, 5 Algeria 8:26.75. Repechage One (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals): 1 Switzerland (P Weisshaupt) 7:51.00, 2 Hungary (Z Hajdu) 7:54.57; 3 Ireland (Lambe) 8:01.01, 4 Mexico 8:05.48.

Adaptive - Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Four, coxed (1,000m) – Heat One (First to A Final; rest to Repechage): 1 Britain 3:34.42; 2 France 3:40.69, 3 Ireland (A-M McDaid, S Caffrey, S Ryan, K du Toit; H Arbuthnot) 3:48.64, 4 Belarus 3:58.35. Repechage (First Four to A Final): 1 Ukraine 3:32.65, 2 Canada 3:37.14, 3 France 3:37.16, 4 Brazil 3:40.78; 5 Ireland 3:41.04, 6 Belarus.

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# ROWING: Ireland's Sanita Puspure, who recently qualified for the Olympic Games, will compete at Henley Royal Regatta. The Old Collegians woman takes part in the World Cup in Munich this weekend.

Entries for Henley Royal Regatta (Irish interest)

Temple: Trinity

Remenham: UCD

Visitors’: Queen’s

Wyfold: Cork BC

Queen Mother: UCC/London RC

Prince Albert: Queen’s

Diamond Sculls: J Keohane (Lee Valley); C Williamson (Queen’s)

Princess Royal: S Puspure (Old Collegians)

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#ROWING: Carlow overcame cold conditions to run 11 hours of racing, mostly for young athletes, today. The big entry came from as far apart as Portora in Enniskillen and Fermoy in Cork.

Carlow Regatta, Sunday

Men

Eight – Masters: Carlow/Commercial/Neptune bt Athlone.

Sculling, Quadruple – Novice: Neptune bt New Ross. Junior 18: Carlow bt Neptune. Junior 16: Athlone bt Portora.

Double – Senior: Carlow A bt Carlow B. Novice Commercial bt Neptune. Junior 18: Carlow A bt Carlow B. Junior 16: Commercial bt Waterford.

Single – Senior: Carlow (Bolger) bt Carlow (Coughlan). Intermediate: Carlow (Murphy) bt Carlow (Ayers). Novice: Cappoquin bt Waterford. Junior 18: Carlow (Byrne) bt Carlow (McGrath). Junior 16: Commercial (Carroll) bt Athlone (Hannon). Masters A: Offaly (Hussey) bt Three Castles (Murphy). Masters B: Portora (Murphy) bt Commercial (Crowley)

Women

Sculling, Quadruple – Novice: New Ross bt King’s Hospital. Junior 18: Athlone bt Portora. Junior 16: Carlow bt Portora. Masters: New Ross bt Offaly.

Double – Intermediate: Carlow bt Fermoy. Novice: Cappoquin A bt Cappoquin B. Junior 18: St Michael’s bt St Michael’s. Junior 16: Carlow bt Portora.

Single – Novice: Fermoy (Costigan) bt Offaly (Piggott). Junior 18: Portora (Mulligan) bt St Michael’s. Junior 16: Fermoy bt Graiguenamanagh.

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#ROWING: Belfast Boat Club and Bann had a fine weekend at regattas in England. On Saturday, Bridget Jacques and Lucy Litvack won the Girls’ Championship Doubles at the British Schools Championships in Nottingham  – and Katie Cromie took third in the Championship Single. Bann, through Joel Cassells and Chris Black, won the Boys’ Championship Pair today (Sunday) . 

The BBC double of Jacques and Litvack went on to win the Intermediate One double scull at Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney Lake. Other winners from Irish clubs at the Olympic venue included UCD women’s crews, who took the Senior coxless fours and the Intermediate coxed fours today and Colin Williamson of Queen’s University, who won the Senior single scull on Saturday.

University Boat Races, Belfast

Men – Senior: Queen’s bt Cambridge. Fresher: Queen’s bt Trinity.

Women – Senior: Queen’s bt Cambridge. Fresher: Queen’s bt Methodist College, Belfast.

Metropolitan Regatta, Dorney Lake, England (Irish interest; selected results, finals)

Saturday

Men

Eights, Elite: 5 Grainne Mhaol/NUIG 6:27.47

Senior: 4 Grainne Mhaol/NUIG 6:32.90

Intermediate Two: 4 UCD 6:44.62

Fours, Intermediate One: 3 NUIG A 7:14.49. Intermediate Two: 4 UCD 7:24.80, 6 NUIG 7:31.41.

Pairs – Elite: 2 Cork IT/Queen’s University 7:46.71. Intermediate One: 3 NUIG 8:15.76

Sculling, Quadruple – Senior: 5 University of Limerick 6:59.75.

Single – Senior: 1 Queen’s (C Williamson) 8:15.71, 2 UCD (D Neale) 8:17.96. Intermediate One: 1 University of Limerick (J Brinn) 8:38.14.

Women

Eights – Intermediate One: 2 UCD 7:32.46, 3 Trinity 7:37.50. Intermediate Two: 5 NUIG 7:51.73.

Fours, coxed – Intermediate One: 2 UCD 8:10.35. Intermediate Two: 3 NUIG 8:22.23. Intermediate Three: 4 Trinity 8:40.00.

Sculling

Double – Senior: 4 NUIG 8:41.03. Intermediate One: 6 NUIG 8:46.01.

Single – Intermediate One: 1 University of Limerick (A O’Sullivan) 9:20.92; 5 Shandon (K Corcoran-O’Hare) 9:55.78, 6 Commercial (G Foley) 10:39.46. Intermediate Two: 6 UL (O’Sullivan) 9:23.67, 7 St Michael’s (J O’Keeffe) 9:30.88.

Sunday

Men

Eights – Elite: 5 Grainne Mhaol/NUIG 6:26.28. Senior: 5 Grainne Mhaol/NUIG 6:25.01. Intermediate One: 2 NUIG 6:29.95. Intermediate Two: 4 UCD 6:32.14.

Four – Senior: 3 St Michael’s 6:53.05. Fours, coxed – Senior: 4 UCD 7:06.41. Intermediate Two: 6 NUIG A 7:29.61. Intermediate Three: 3 St Michael’s 7:31.47.

Pairs – Elite: 3 Cork IT/Queen’s 7:33.03. Senior: 2 St Michael’s 7:38.66; 5 St Michael’s 7:46.77.

Sculling

Quadruple – Senior: 2 University of Limerick 6:56.33

Double – Intermediate One: 2 Belfast BC/RBAI 7:15.78.

Single – Elite: 3 Queen’s (Williamson) 7:52.44. Senior: 2 University of Limerick (Brinn). Elite Lightweight: 3 Queen’s (Evans).

Women

Eights – Senior: 2 UCD 7:23.01. Intermediate One: 3 NUIG 7:26.78, 4 Trinity 7:28.44.

Fours – Senior: 1 UCD 7:46.14; 4 NUIG 8:28.19.

Fours, coxed – Intermediate One: 1 UCD 8:15.72; 3 NUIG 8:37.97. Intermediate Three: 4 Trinity 8:23.59; 6 NUIG A 8:42.67.

Pairs – Intermediate One: 3 NUIG 9:47.41.

Sculling,

Double, Intermediate One: 1 Belfast BC 8:14.62

Single – Senior: 3 Shandon (Corcoran-O’Hare) 9:12.93, 4 University of Limerick (O’Sullivan) 9:13.61. Intermediate One: 3 UL (O’Sullivan) 9:08.80; 6 Commercial (Foley) 9:39.95. Intermediate Two: 5 St Michael’s (O’Keeffe) 9:21.77, 6 Commercial (Foley) 9:39.89. Intermediate Three: 1 St Michael’s (J O’Keeffe) 8:53.69.

British National Schools’ Championships, Nottingham (Irish interest)

Saturday

Girls – Championship Double: 1 Belfast BC (B Jacques, L Litvack) 7:34.97

Championship Single: 3 Portora (K Cromie) 8:13.68

Sunday

Boys

Championship Pair: 1 Bann (C Black, J Cassells) 6:57.12

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#ROWING: Metropolitan Regatta, the third leg of the eFlow Go Row League series, was cancelled this morning because of high winds on Blessington Lakes. The organisers suspended racing at 9.15 hoping for a pick-up, but then cancelled because the winds, coming from the north east did not ease off.

The regatta is a huge event. It had an entry of 359 crews and the programme was due to stretch from 8 am until after 7pm this evening.

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# ROWING: Ireland will have a rower at the London Olympic Games. Sanita Puspure finished fourth at the Olympic Qualifier in Lucerne in Switerland today, making the final place for the Games her own by passing Kaisa Pajusalu of Estonia and Iva Obradovic of Serbia.

Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne (Irish interest)

Women

Single Scull – Final (Four Qualify for Olympic Games): 1 Australia (K Crow) 7:38.79, 2 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 7:41.45, 3 United States (G Stone) 7:44.91, 4 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:48.07; 5 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:52.68, 6 Estonia 7:57.33.

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# ROWING: Ireland’s Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny missed out on the chance of Olympic Qualification when they finished fifth in their lightweight double scull semi-final at the Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne today. The race was won by Australia, but the three boats behind them finished so close together that there was a a long delay as the judges decided which two landed positions in the final. The verdict went to Austria and Bulgaria – credited with exactly the same time – with Spain losing out. Ireland had not looked likely to land one of the top three spots for most of the race.

Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne, Switzerland

Men

Lightweight Double Scull – Semi-Finals (Three to A Final; rest to B Final) – Semi-Final One: 1 Hungary (Z Hirling, T Varga) 6:31.46, 2 United States (A Campbell Jr, W Daly) 6:33.77, 3 Switzerland (S Zehnder, M Schmid) 6:38.01; 4 Poland 6:41.29, 5 Sweden 6:44.72, 6 Slovenia 6:45.28. Semi-Final Two: 1 Australia (R Chisholm, T Gibson) 6:33.03, 2= Austria (P Sieber, B Sieber) 6:35.66, 2=Bulgaria (Z Karaivanov, V Vitanov) 6:35.66; 4 Spain (A Bertran Sastre, D Sigurjorsson Benet) 6:36.09, 5 Ireland (M O’Donovan, N Kenny) 6:39.18, 6 Czech Republic 6:53.74.

Women

Single Scull – Semi-Final One (Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Australia (K Crow) 7:32.83, 2 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:37.99, 3 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:41.27; 4 Norway (T Gjoertz) 7:42.55, 5 Ukraine (N Huba) 7:52.73, 6 Britain (R Gamble-Flint) 7:52.90. Semi-Final Two: 1 Denmark (FU Erichsen) 7:36.13, United States (G Stone) 7:39.48, Estonia (K Pajusalu) 7:42.79; France 7:48.85, 5 Latvia 8:02.96, 6 Bulgaria 8:03.05

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The Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland's fourth 'Blue Light' service (along with An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service). It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies.

The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The Irish Coast Guard has responsibility for Ireland's system of marine communications, surveillance and emergency management in Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and certain inland waterways.

It is responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue and counter-pollution and ship casualty operations. It also has responsibility for vessel traffic monitoring.

Operations in respect of maritime security, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration and fisheries enforcement are co-ordinated by other bodies within the Irish Government.

On average, each year, the Irish Coast Guard is expected to:

  • handle 3,000 marine emergencies
  • assist 4,500 people and save about 200 lives
  • task Coast Guard helicopters on missions

The Coast Guard has been around in some form in Ireland since 1908.

Coast Guard helicopters

The Irish Coast Guard has contracted five medium-lift Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters deployed at bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo.

The helicopters are designated wheels up from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours and 45 minutes at night. One aircraft is fitted and its crew trained for under slung cargo operations up to 3000kgs and is available on short notice based at Waterford.

These aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains of Ireland (32 counties).

They can also be used for assistance in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and aerial surveillance during daylight hours, lifting and passenger operations and other operations as authorised by the Coast Guard within appropriate regulations.

Irish Coastguard FAQs

The Irish Coast Guard provides nationwide maritime emergency response, while also promoting safety and security standards. It aims to prevent the loss of life at sea, on inland waters, on mountains and in caves; and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The main role of the Irish Coast Guard is to rescue people from danger at sea or on land, to organise immediate medical transport and to assist boats and ships within the country's jurisdiction. It has three marine rescue centres in Dublin, Malin Head, Co Donegal, and Valentia Island, Co Kerry. The Dublin National Maritime Operations centre provides marine search and rescue responses and coordinates the response to marine casualty incidents with the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Yes, effectively, it is the fourth "blue light" service. The Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) Valentia is the contact point for the coastal area between Ballycotton, Co Cork and Clifden, Co Galway. At the same time, the MRSC Malin Head covers the area between Clifden and Lough Foyle. Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin covers Carlingford Lough, Co Louth to Ballycotton, Co Cork. Each MRCC/MRSC also broadcasts maritime safety information on VHF and MF radio, including navigational and gale warnings, shipping forecasts, local inshore forecasts, strong wind warnings and small craft warnings.

The Irish Coast Guard handles about 3,000 marine emergencies annually, and assists 4,500 people - saving an estimated 200 lives, according to the Department of Transport. In 2016, Irish Coast Guard helicopters completed 1,000 missions in a single year for the first time.

Yes, Irish Coast Guard helicopters evacuate medical patients from offshore islands to hospital on average about 100 times a year. In September 2017, the Department of Health announced that search and rescue pilots who work 24-hour duties would not be expected to perform any inter-hospital patient transfers. The Air Corps flies the Emergency Aeromedical Service, established in 2012 and using an AW139 twin-engine helicopter. Known by its call sign "Air Corps 112", it airlifted its 3,000th patient in autumn 2020.

The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is responsible for the Northern Irish coast.

The Irish Coast Guard is a State-funded service, with both paid management personnel and volunteers, and is under the auspices of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is allocated approximately 74 million euro annually in funding, some 85 per cent of which pays for a helicopter contract that costs 60 million euro annually. The overall funding figure is "variable", an Oireachtas committee was told in 2019. Other significant expenditure items include volunteer training exercises, equipment, maintenance, renewal, and information technology.

The Irish Coast Guard has four search and rescue helicopter bases at Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo, run on a contract worth 50 million euro annually with an additional 10 million euro in costs by CHC Ireland. It provides five medium-lift Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and trained crew. The 44 Irish Coast Guard coastal units with 1,000 volunteers are classed as onshore search units, with 23 of the 44 units having rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and 17 units having cliff rescue capability. The Irish Coast Guard has 60 buildings in total around the coast, and units have search vehicles fitted with blue lights, all-terrain vehicles or quads, first aid equipment, generators and area lighting, search equipment, marine radios, pyrotechnics and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Community Rescue Boats Ireland also provide lifeboats and crews to assist in search and rescue. The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the Garda Siochána, National Ambulance Service, Naval Service and Air Corps, Civil Defence, while fishing vessels, ships and other craft at sea offer assistance in search operations.

The helicopters are designated as airborne from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours, and 45 minutes at night. The aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, on inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains and cover the 32 counties. They can also assist in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and can transport offshore firefighters and ambulance teams. The Irish Coast Guard volunteers units are expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time of departing from the station house in ten minutes from notification during daylight and 20 minutes at night. They are also expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time to the scene of the incident in less than 60 minutes from notification by day and 75 minutes at night, subject to geographical limitations.

Units are managed by an officer-in-charge (three stripes on the uniform) and a deputy officer in charge (two stripes). Each team is trained in search skills, first aid, setting up helicopter landing sites and a range of maritime skills, while certain units are also trained in cliff rescue.

Volunteers receive an allowance for time spent on exercises and call-outs. What is the difference between the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI? The RNLI is a registered charity which has been saving lives at sea since 1824, and runs a 24/7 volunteer lifeboat service around the British and Irish coasts. It is a declared asset of the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency and the Irish Coast Guard. Community Rescue Boats Ireland is a community rescue network of volunteers under the auspices of Water Safety Ireland.

No, it does not charge for rescue and nor do the RNLI or Community Rescue Boats Ireland.

The marine rescue centres maintain 19 VHF voice and DSC radio sites around the Irish coastline and a digital paging system. There are two VHF repeater test sites, four MF radio sites and two NAVTEX transmitter sites. Does Ireland have a national search and rescue plan? The first national search and rescue plan was published in July, 2019. It establishes the national framework for the overall development, deployment and improvement of search and rescue services within the Irish Search and Rescue Region and to meet domestic and international commitments. The purpose of the national search and rescue plan is to promote a planned and nationally coordinated search and rescue response to persons in distress at sea, in the air or on land.

Yes, the Irish Coast Guard is responsible for responding to spills of oil and other hazardous substances with the Irish pollution responsibility zone, along with providing an effective response to marine casualties and monitoring or intervening in marine salvage operations. It provides and maintains a 24-hour marine pollution notification at the three marine rescue centres. It coordinates exercises and tests of national and local pollution response plans.

The first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die on duty was Caitriona Lucas, a highly trained member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit, while assisting in a search for a missing man by the Kilkee unit in September 2016. Six months later, four Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew – Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith -died when their Sikorsky S-92 struck Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14, 2017. The Dublin-based Rescue 116 crew were providing "top cover" or communications for a medical emergency off the west coast and had been approaching Blacksod to refuel. Up until the five fatalities, the Irish Coast Guard recorded that more than a million "man hours" had been spent on more than 30,000 rescue missions since 1991.

Several investigations were initiated into each incident. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board was critical of the Irish Coast Guard in its final report into the death of Caitriona Lucas, while a separate Health and Safety Authority investigation has been completed, but not published. The Air Accident Investigation Unit final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has not yet been published.

The Irish Coast Guard in its present form dates back to 1991, when the Irish Marine Emergency Service was formed after a campaign initiated by Dr Joan McGinley to improve air/sea rescue services on the west Irish coast. Before Irish independence, the British Admiralty was responsible for a Coast Guard (formerly the Water Guard or Preventative Boat Service) dating back to 1809. The West Coast Search and Rescue Action Committee was initiated with a public meeting in Killybegs, Co Donegal, in 1988 and the group was so effective that a Government report was commissioned, which recommended setting up a new division of the Department of the Marine to run the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC), then based at Shannon, along with the existing coast radio service, and coast and cliff rescue. A medium-range helicopter base was established at Shannon within two years. Initially, the base was served by the Air Corps.

The first director of what was then IMES was Capt Liam Kirwan, who had spent 20 years at sea and latterly worked with the Marine Survey Office. Capt Kirwan transformed a poorly funded voluntary coast and cliff rescue service into a trained network of cliff and sea rescue units – largely voluntary, but with paid management. The MRCC was relocated from Shannon to an IMES headquarters at the then Department of the Marine (now Department of Transport) in Leeson Lane, Dublin. The coast radio stations at Valentia, Co Kerry, and Malin Head, Co Donegal, became marine rescue-sub-centres.

The current director is Chris Reynolds, who has been in place since August 2007 and was formerly with the Naval Service. He has been seconded to the head of mission with the EUCAP Somalia - which has a mandate to enhance Somalia's maritime civilian law enforcement capacity – since January 2019.

  • Achill, Co. Mayo
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford
  • Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
  • Ballycotton, Co. Cork
  • Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
  • Bonmahon, Co. Waterford
  • Bunbeg, Co. Donegal
  • Carnsore, Co. Wexford
  • Castlefreake, Co. Cork
  • Castletownbere, Co. Cork
  • Cleggan, Co. Galway
  • Clogherhead, Co. Louth
  • Costelloe Bay, Co. Galway
  • Courtown, Co. Wexford
  • Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Curracloe, Co. Wexford
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
  • Fethard, Co. Wexford
  • Glandore, Co. Cork
  • Glenderry, Co. Kerry
  • Goleen, Co. Cork
  • Greencastle, Co. Donegal
  • Greenore, Co. Louth
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Guileen, Co. Cork
  • Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Kilkee, Co. Clare
  • Killala, Co. Mayo
  • Killybegs, Co. Donegal
  • Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
  • Knightstown, Co. Kerry
  • Mulroy, Co. Donegal
  • North Aran, Co. Galway
  • Old Head Of Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Oysterhaven, Co. Cork
  • Rosslare, Co. Wexford
  • Seven Heads, Co. Cork
  • Skerries, Co. Dublin Summercove, Co. Cork
  • Toe Head, Co. Cork
  • Tory Island, Co. Donegal
  • Tramore, Co. Waterford
  • Waterville, Co. Kerry
  • Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Wicklow
  • Youghal, Co. Cork

Sources: Department of Transport © Afloat 2020

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